Sleep, Finally: Timberwolves at Nets Preview

The Nets should’ve just swung a deal with Jay-Z to make him mascot instead of what they wound up doing.

Where: Barclays Center

When: 6:30pm

Hear/See It: NBA TV; FSN; WCCO 830AM

Ok, now that I got my Beastie Boys reference in, I can openly talk about basketball. One thing that’s safe to say is that things can’t possibly get any worse than they did last night in Toronto, right? Twenty-four is about all of the turnovers you can commit in a forty-eight minute game, and you’re not going to lose your backup point guard to a concussion every night.

Tonight is a fresh start against a team playing in a new building in a new city. Sounds like a good place to be anew, right?

The Nets will be without starting small forward Gerald Wallace, so Keith Bogans will slide over in his place, and forward Josh Childress will be out, too. Likewise, the Wolves may be without JJ Barea, so expect to see more of Alexey Shved and maybe even a little Will Conroy.

Speaking of point guards, after Kyle Lowry went legend on the Timberwolves last night, it will be interesting to see how they contain Deron Williams. In the Nets’ first game he put up 19 and 9, so he obviously has to be reckoned with. He’s no stranger to being a Wolf killer, averaging 18 points and 11 assists per game against the Timberwolves throughout his career. In fact, he put up his career high of 21 assists against the Wolves. This is the matchup that sticks out to me.

Talking to my Nets people, the team apparently was showing some defensive issues in their first game. Meaning, that this could be a golden opportunity for guys like Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger to get their games on track.

I swear to Shammgod if any team I cheer for gets out-rebounded by Brook Lopez led frontcourt…I don’t even know. Sure, Kris Humphries can rebound. So can Nikola Pekovic, though. How about tonight we box out, crash the boards and get some easy looks in transition; sound good? I mean, have we enough pride not to get beat on the glass by Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband and Brook Lopez?!

Anyway, tonight’s projected starters are listed below:

Deron Williams – G – Luke Ridnour

Joe Johnson – G – Brandon Roy

Keith Bogans – F – Derrick Williams

Kris Humphries – F – Andrei Kirilenko

Brook Lopez – C – Nikola Pekovic

(Also, do we want to lose to a team that has this as their mascot? I laughed for five straight minutes after I first saw it. And it has a comic book! Click the hyperlink to see it, but whatever you do, do not Google “Brooklyn Knight” yourself(That search is NSFW; not the one I linked to).

About Derek James

In addition to writing for Howlin' T-Wolf, Derek James writes about basketball Hardwood Paroxysm in the ESPN TrueHoop Network and covers the Charlotte Bobcats for SB Nation’s Rufus on Fire. Andray Blatche and Isaiah Rider follow him on Twitter.

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